Rethinking School

Rethinking School

How to Take Charge of your Child's Education

Book - 2018 | First edition
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Our K–12 school system is an artificial product of market forces. It isn’t a good fit for all—or even most—students. It prioritizes a single way of understanding the world over all others, pushes children into a rigid set of grades with little regard for individual maturity, and slaps “disability” labels over differences in learning style.Caught in this system, far too many young learners end up discouraged, disconnected, and unhappy. And when they struggle, school pressures parents, with overwhelming force, into “fixing” their children rather than questioning the system.With boldness, experience, and humor, Susan Wise Bauer turns conventional wisdom on its head: When a serious problem arises at school, the fault is more likely to lie with the school, or the educational system itself, than with the child.In five illuminating sections, Bauer teaches parents how to flex the K–12 system, rather than the child. She closely analyzes the traditional school structure, gives trenchant criticisms of its weaknesses, and offers a wealth of advice for parents of children whose difficulties may stem from struggling with learning differences, maturity differences, toxic classroom environments, and even from giftedness (not as much of a “gift” as you might think!).As the author of the classic book on home-schooling, The Well-Trained Mind, Bauer knows how children learn and how schools work. Her advice here is comprehensive and anecdotal, including material drawn from experience with her own four children and more than twenty years of educational consulting and university teaching.Rethinking School is a guide to one aspect of sane, humane parenting: negotiating the twelve-grade school system in a way that nurtures and protects your child’s mind, emotions, and spirit.
A best-selling expert on education shows how to make the school system work for your child.

Baker & Taylor
A critique of the U.S. public school system analyzes the traditional school structure, dissects its weaknesses, and offers advice for parents of children whose difficulties may stem from learning differences or toxic classroom environments.

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Bauer, an educator and academic, helps parents take charge of their children’s education by using the school system to fit their children, rather than forcing their children to conform themselves to school. She describes the current state of American education, including myths about school; possible misalignments between children and the system, such as an age mismatch with grade, student differences, disabilities, and disorders, problems faced by good students and gifted learners, and bullying; specific strategies for addressing them while staying within the traditional K-12 framework, such as dealing with standardized tests and homework, using acceleration, proposing alternative projects, and homeschooling; ways to reinvent what education could look like; and how to begin to put that education into place, such as teaching students to work independently, using out-of-the-box teaching strategies, and apprenticeships. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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& Taylor

The author of The Well-trained Mind offers a critique of the U.S. public school system where she closely analyzes the traditional school structure, dissects its weaknesses, and offers a wealth of advice for parents of children whose difficulties may stem from struggling with learning differences, maturity differences, toxic classroom environments, and more.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton &Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393285963
0393285960
Branch Call Number: 371.192 BAUER
Characteristics: xiv, 264 pages ; 25 cm

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